Assuming everything goes ok with my job, I am looking at buying in Orange in the 2nd half of next year. Budget maybe 350k-400k, enough to get 3br house in almost anywhere in town. To everyone who lives in a big city and whinges about house prices - you are not a tree. Move! In regional areas there may well be a very good job that you could take up or even transfer your skills to. Many business opportunities as well, it that's your thing. Welcoming communities as well.